As most of the religious places of worship are closed to follow stay-at-home order, Muslims are celebrating Ramadan differently this year.
The holy month of Ramadan is starting on Thursday, which is a time for fasting, prayer, charity, and community feasts for Muslims. Saba Khawaja said: "We are all in this together. It's impacting everyone, our kids, our family. We have to make the best of this."
A resident, Asra Farooq, said that her family is packing care packages for the neighbors as they used to do this in Mosque every year. Some Mosques and Muslim organizations are taking their programming online, but for others, the conditions remain the same.
"It is preferred to just do things together with your family and the people around you, instead of doing things virtual," said Imam Ibrahim Khader, of the Muslim Community Center in Chicago.
According to Khader, there are many lessons to learn from this year's Ramadan month. He says that we can learn to be independent in relationship with God of where we are, who's around us, or who's looking at us. Farooq found some ways to give back to her community to follow social distancing guidelines. Her husband being a doctor, will continue to serve the patients. "It feels like such a great opportunity for him to practice his faith even further," she said. "While everyone else is social distancing and able to stay at home and protect themselves, he feels like he's able to go out and help others and be of service."